Deborah Hayward, Broken Head
I read with interest Paul McCarthy’s letter (June 12). I have e-mailed the council on May 29 and June 13 pleading with them to re-surface, not patch, Midgen Flat Road before there is a fatality.
This road is a major link road from the Hinterland Way to Suffolk Park and Broken Head, maintained to an acceptable standard in Ballina Shire with a speed limit of 60km/h.
Once you enter the Byron section the road narrows and is a myriad of deep potholes and patches that can’t been seen in the dappled light, creating a driving nightmare. I received a flat tyre on this road after hitting a pothole recently and was lucky not to encounter oncoming traffic.
I have asked the council to at least change the speed limit from 80 to 60km/h if they won’t patch or re-surface it.
To date I have had no reply to either e-mail apart from the automated response. It seems to me the council has a complete disregard for public safety.
As Paul noted, council have received over $3m in income as a result of paid parking through fines, parking fees and resident exemption charges. We have also had a rate increase that is linked to land values. Byron house prices we are now told are higher than Sydney’s. So this money, added to their existing infrastructure budget, should have shown significant improvements in our roads.
Our family had firsthand experience with road death when my mother-in-law was killed on The Coast Road in the 90s. I beg you, Byron Council, fix our roads.
Show some competent management of our money entrusted to you and stop feeding us the stories of ‘pot hole spotting squads’, ‘visitor numbers’ etc and get out and protect our safety on our roads by fixing them.